Are LinkedIn Automation Prospecting Tools Safe To Use?
Can using LinkedIn automation software get your LinkedIn account restricted or banned? Yes. But what you may be surprised to learn is that NOT using LinkedIn automation tools can also get your LinkedIn account banned or restricted.
So whether you use LinkedIn automation software or not, your LinkedIn account can be restricted if you don’t use LinkedIn in the right way.
So, in this article, I’ll help you answer:
- How can you use LinkedIn safely no matter if you’re using LinkedIn automation software or not?
- If you do decide to use LinkedIn automation software, then what is the safest automation LinkedIn tool?
Like I said, it’s not just automation software that LinkedIn doesn’t like…
See the video version of this article here:
The alternative to using LinkedIn automation tools
Many years ago I hired a virtual assistant to do what LinkedIn automation software would do, so that I would follow all the official LinkedIn rules regarding automation.
And guess what?
My LinkedIn account still got restricted.
That taught me an important lesson.
When it comes to using LinkedIn automation software, it’s not so much about the software.
It’s all about how you’re using LinkedIn or automation software on LinkedIn.
Fortunately, I was able to contact LinkedIn and get my account unrestricted again.
But I still want to help you avoid some of the mistakes that I and others have made in the past.
Avoiding these mistakes can help you avoid getting restricted on LinkedIn.
You can use LinkedIn safely to generate more leads and more business.
You can also automate your LinkedIn activity in a way that doesn’t get your account blocked or restricted.
How to automate LinkedIn prospecting safely
Let’s first talk about how to use LinkedIn safely, and then I’ll talk about what the best LinkedIn automation software to use is.
I want to go through these guidelines so that no matter what automation tool you’re using, you can always keep these guidelines in the back of your mind.
Even if you decide not to use any automation software, at least you know what these guidelines are.
There’s three main things I want you to keep in mind when using LinkedIn safely.
- Your daily activity on LinkedIn
- The time between different actions that you take on LinkedIn
- The devices that you use on LinkedIn
Your Daily LinkedIn Activity
When you’re using LinkedIn day-to-day, in a 24-hour period, there are different actions you can take.
For example, you could connect to someone or send someone a message. Everything that you do on LinkedIn counts as an action, and there’s a limit to how many actions you can do in a 24-hour period.
LinkedIn doesn’t openly say what these LinkedIn daily limits are.
But to give you a general guideline, keep the number 150 in the back of your mind.
150 is roughly how many actions you can take in a 24-hour period without getting your account restricted.
When you start going higher than that, you start going a little bit into the danger zone.
So, if you want to be EXTRA safe, just make sure you don’t go past 150 actions in a 24-hour period.
Here’s an example:
- You could send out 100 LinkedIn invitations to potential clients, and that would count as 100 actions.
- You could then also send out 50 messages on LinkedIn, that would count as 50 actions.
So in total you’ve used 150 actions.
Your time between each action
LinkedIn wants you to use LinkedIn like a “normal” person.
If you’re messaging someone, connecting to someone, or connecting to lots of different people really quickly… It starts to look a little bit strange to LinkedIn and it could raise spam flags with LinkedIn’s automatic spam detection.
That’s where you can start getting some problems.
So whenever you’re going to take another action, you want to make sure that there’s a delay between the time that you do the first action and the time that you do the second action.
How long should this delay be?
First, LinkedIn doesn’t again tell you any specific numbers, so this is just based on my personal experience.
From what I’ve found you should wait at least one minute or more between each action. Then that will obviously look more natural to LinkedIn.
It won’t look like you’re just trying to add random people, it’ll look like you’re actually spending some more time and thought into what you’re doing.
That way, it doesn’t flag up any restrictions within your LinkedIn account.
Top tip: Not all automation software tools make sure that you have a time delay between different actions right out of the box. See below: “What is the safest LinkedIn Automation Tool?”
The amount of devices logged into LinkedIn
What devices are you using when you’re on LinkedIn?
You can usually get away with using two devices, like your laptop and phone.
But let’s say you have more, like an iPad, another laptop and another computer. Or, maybe you’ve shared your login with a virtual assistant or someone else.
The more devices that LinkedIn sees are logged into your account, the more danger it puts your account in.
This is because it doesn’t look like normal user activity and it looks suspicious to LinkedIn.
So you just want to keep in mind how many devices you’re using to log into LinkedIn, and reduce those devices as much as you can.
These days I only use one or two devices maximum when it comes to using LinkedIn.
If you’re not sure how to do that or if you’re not sure how many devices you’re currently using, you can:
1. Go to your LinkedIn account settings.
2. In your account settings, you can see how many devices you’ve logged into LinkedIn.
3. If you see some devices in there that you don’t recognize, you can just sign out of all devices.
Or if it looks like you’re only logged into maybe one or two devices, then that’s fine you can just leave it as it is.
But definitely take a look at that and make sure you’re not logged into too many devices, because this can flag up suspicious activity when using LinkedIn.
One more thing…
Don’t send too many LinkedIn invitations
When it comes to you sending out LinkedIn invitations, you want to make sure that at least 20% of the invitations that you send out are being accepted by people.
See also: Is LinkedIn Outreach Now Dead!? New LinkedIn Weekly Limits… (video below)
What if LinkedIn starts to see that a lot of your invitations are not getting accepted by people?
It’s most likely going to one day restrict your account from adding new invitations.
This is because it thinks that you might be just spamming people to increase your connections.
So if you do find that you’re connecting to people and they’re not connecting back to you, you have to reevaluate…
To improve your LinkedIn acceptance rate:
- Look at what message you’re using to connect to people.
- Look at who you’re actually targeting, and what your LinkedIn profile looks like.
- Does your LinkedIn profile look appealing to the people that you’re looking to connect to?
See also: How to optimize your LinkedIn profile to generate leads (video below)
So keep those things in mind when it comes to using LinkedIn safely.
If you want to automate a lot of your LinkedIn lead generation in a safe way, you can use LinkedIn automation tools to help you.
Again, this is not recommended by LinkedIn, so you have to be careful when you’re using these tools.
But I’ve noticed one main thing when it comes to using LinkedIn automation tools.
It’s not so much the tool that LinkedIn doesn’t like, it’s more about HOW you’re using those tools.
Automation tools give you a lot of power, and that power can be used improperly.
- You could spam people and send them links to things that they don’t want to see.
- You may send things like links to your products and services, when they haven’t even asked for any of that stuff.
So these are all the bad ways of using LinkedIn automation software.
But what if you do things the right way?
Use LinkedIn Automation Tools the safe way
If you use the automation tools to replace what you would otherwise be doing manually, then it’s smooth sailing.
But like I said, not all automation tools are the same.
Meet Alfred vs Linked Helper 2: Which Tool is safer?
Whatever tool you use, make sure you keep the following in mind:
- How many actions you’re taking in a 24-hour period
- What the time delay is between different actions that you take on LinkedIn
These are the two things that you need to keep in mind when using ANY LinkedIn automation tool.
You need to check if the automation tool allows you to change the settings.
Also, make sure you’re going to be compliant with all of LinkedIn’s rules and guidelines.
Even though Meet Alfred is a really nice looking tool, it doesn’t give you a lot of CONTROL with the time delay settings between actions. You have to rely on them to do what they think is best.
From what I’ve seen, it tends to work quite fast (probably working a little bit too fast for my liking)…
I personally would like to see more control when using Meet Alfred and for users to be able to slow down how long it takes between different actions.
Note: They might add this feature in the future after writing this article. Check their official website to double check.
Linked Helper, on the other hand, gives you a lot of control.
You can control almost everything when it comes to using LinkedIn.
This includes what the delay settings are or how long it’ll delay between sending one message and another message or between taking one action and another action.
My recommendation, if you want to use the SAFEST LinkedIn automation tool as of the time of this article being written, is Linked Helper 2 because it gives you the most control.
Again, you could use this tool in the wrong way…
You could still send out messages and connection requests and do things in a fast way that will flag up suspicious activity with LinkedIn.
But the beauty of this tool is that it gives you the option to NOT do that.
Not only can you play things safe by changing the different settings, but you can play things EXTRA safe because you are in control of all of those settings.
If you want to be extra safe, you can just make the delay settings even longer than what would be the standard delay settings.
When it comes to using LinkedIn automation software, make sure that you can change those settings so that you have control with your LinkedIn account.
This is still no guarantee that your account isn’t going to get restricted or anything.
But the good thing is that if LinkedIn does restrict your account (like it did to me in the past when using virtual assistants), you can still contact LinkedIn.
They will usually reopen that account and reactivate or remove the restriction that you have.
Just keep that in mind when you’re using any LinkedIn automation software and keep those tips in mind when it comes to using LinkedIn in general.
At the end of the day, make sure you’re using LinkedIn in a way that you are not spamming people.
Use it in a way where you’re providing value to people.
See my best recommended LinkedIn automation strategy in this video here: